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Common symptoms of anxiety

If you've started to notice some of the symptoms we've listed below, we may be able to help.


  • "I can’t cope"
  • "What if…"
  • "The worst is going to happen"
  • You're unable to sit and relax
  • Snappy/irritable behaviour
  • You're avoiding certain situations/people
  • You're constantly worrying
  • You're unable to concentrate
  • Your heart's pounding in your chest
  • A stomach-churning sensation
  • You're sweating excessively
  • Anxious
  • Worried
  • Tense
  • Stressed
  • Nervous
  • Panicky
  • On edge
  • Restless

Possible causes of anxiety

  • Anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious
  • Learnt behaviour – you can learn to worry and be anxious; your childhood or life experiences may be the reason for this
  • Stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • Pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem-solve certain issues
  • Genetics – there is no known specific gene for anxiety. There has been research that shows that anxiety may be hereditary; this may be through our genes or through learnt behaviour as a child

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This service, along with a range of other support, is available for just £11.50 a month.

Support for our members

If you're a member of Benenden Health, we offer support for mental health from day one.

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We worked with our partner Insight Healthcare to create this short guide. Always speak to your GP if you feel like you could be suffering from a serious mental health condition.